We run four at The Curragh tonight and two at Cork on Sunday (Homecoming is a non runner) and my thoughts on them are below.
In the meantime, Irish Champions Weekend is just over two weeks away, and we hope to be well represented over the two days.
Surrounding has a couple of options at Leopardstown. She holds an entry in the Group 2 Clipper Logistics Boomerang Stakes and also the valuable seven furlong handicap – she was third in that race last year. She’d have plenty of weight in that, but we’ll see how both races are shaping up that week and make a call closer to the time.
We were delighted with Roman Turbo’s effort last week in the Debutante Stakes at The Curragh. He ran a bit keen, but he’d have learned plenty that day and he has been in super form since. He holds an entry in the Group 1 National Stakes at The Curragh and it’s possible that he could go there.
Sinawann won his maiden at The Curragh and he is a gorgeous horse that we like and the likelihood is that he’ll go for the Group 2 KPMG Champion Juvenile Stakes over a mile at Leopardstown.
He has been in great form all week. The race fell apart a bit at The Curragh and through no fault of Ronan or the horse, he was left in front plenty soon, but he displayed a very good attitude and he has come on again for the experience.
4.20 Alatar (Ronan Whelan)
He is a big, scopey horse with a great temperament. He’s a horse that will improve with racing and like all of our debutants, he will benefit plenty for the experience. This is traditionally a very good maiden and I expect him to come forward plenty for today.
5.20 Zarzyni (Ronan Whelan)
He’s in good form and we felt that he didn’t stay the last day at Leopardstown, so we are dropping him back to six furlongs. It looks a very competitive race and his work has been good and today’s race will tell us what route to go with him. He has been pleasing me at home and I have been very happy with him this week.
Zarzyni and Ronan Whelan – Gowran Park 16.6.19
5.50 Arcanears (Ronan Whelan)
He hasn’t run for a while, but he is ready to start back and he will appreciate the little ease in the ground. We are trying him in a hood which, I think will help him. Being drawn 2 isn’t ideal, but he is in good shape and he has been working well.
6.50 Katiymann (Ronan Whelan)
We are stepping him back up to a mile. He has run well at The Curragh before and it is a competitive race and you’d expect that for a €100,000 handicap. I am very happy with him and hopefully he’ll give a good account of himself. Ground wise, he goes on quicker ground, but the forecast ground (good to yielding) should be ideal for him. It was on the slow side when he was fifth in a good race the last day at Galway and I am hoping for a big run from him. He has won over seven, but he has good form over a mile as well. He just needs a bit of luck in running.
Homecoming is a non runner
5.20 Hazran (Ronan Whelan) and Simsir (Niall McCullagh)
Simsir is a lovely horse that we like. He has a wide draw which isn’t ideal, but we are keen to get him started and he will come for the run. His homework suggests that he’ll be competitive in a maiden, and I expect him to come on plenty for the experience.
Hazran ran a lovely race the last day at Naas and the horse that beat him (Thou Art Peter) looked well above average. Our horse has some very solid form in maidens and the trip and ground at Cork should be fine for him. I’d be expecting a big run from him.